Gareth McAuley might be 38, but he was like a little boy when he walked through the doors of Ibrox.
The veteran centre back has plenty of gas in the tank yet. And he’s gearing up for one final hoorah at the club he’s supported all his life.
Once a Ranger, always a Ranger
McAuley took to Twitter to post a picture of him as a baby draped in Rangers colours. It’s true what they say – it never leaves you!
Dreams really do come true 🐻 pic.twitter.com/hpHUAdQwmb
— Gareth McAuley (@G23mcauley) September 5, 2018
The stopper made over 200 league appearances for West Brom over seven seasons at the club. It was here that he forged a reputation as a composed, reliable defender who reads the game and leads from the back. He also turned out for Linfield, Crusaders, Coleraine, Lincoln City, Leicester City and Ipswich in an almost 20 year career.
He was Steven Gerrard’s 15th signing and joined on a free transfer. His contract at West Brom had expired.
McAuley still has plenty to offer
Still fighting fit, Gareth McAuley joined up with the Northern Irish International Squad earlier in the week. He was part of the famous team which made it to Euro 2016 in France. He has 79 caps for his country.
The centre back has very much been signed with the intention of providing cover and much-needed experience to a young backline.
Rangers had been very thin at the back with Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic the only recognised first team centre backs at the club.
Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall joined McAuley at the end of August to ensure Rangers have plenty